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Brenda Carson and Herb Bock

If Hollywood were just achin’ to get real around the griddle, you know, give us a human-interest platter with diversity on the side and a tall glass of fresh squeezed life, it would need look no further than Cool Hand Herb and Brenda with the Body That Won’t Quit. This formidable pair has clocked 35 years in the restaurant biz hauling armloads of chorizo fat bombs and heart-healthy salads to anyone who can get a seat under Montclair’s best big top. You couldn’t miss Brenda Carson if you tried: the high-wattage smile, glitzy earrings, and hip-hugging jeans in colors that can wash out a rainbow. Which may be exactly why this wife and mama gets hit on by nearly every bozo who walks, squinting, into the dark brick and bric-a-brac breakfast and lunch joint. But she makes no nevermind. Her stage direction is to just laugh and show those gorgeous, um, teeth. Herb, meanwhile, presses on in his fresh-pressed Oxford shirts, sharp chinos, and crewcut. “You lookin’ for wholewheat or sourdough?” he might ask with that Clint-esque raspiness of his. They say the duo has never dropped a dish or told a crabby patron to take a hike. We say they’re ready for their closeups.

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Lindsay Pine at Mary’s Pizza Shack

2246 Oak Grove Rd., Walnut Creek, 925-938-4800

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